Master of Pharmacy (MPharm)
The MPharm is the only degree which is acceptable as the first step towards a career as a pharmacist. On completion of your MPharm you will be required to undertake pre-registration training before qualifying as a registered pharmacist.The Master of Pharmacy is a four year undergraduate programme.
The MPharm degree is accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) and is awarded by the University College London. The degree entitles graduates, after a further year of pre-registration training, to sit the examination of the GPhC and register as a pharmacist in Britain. British registration is recognised in other member states of the EU. Please take some time to read the GPhC’s Standards for pharmacy professionals.
The MPharm is the only undergraduate programme available at UCL School of Pharmacy, so all our teaching is tailored specifically for this course. Our programme is designed to integrate the teaching, learning and understanding of pharmaceutical science in the context of pharmacy practice. We will provide you with the opportunity to become confident and competent professionals committed to lifelong educational development.
The programme includes contact with patients from the start through community pharmacy and hospital visits. It also gives you the chance complete your research project at another university around the world as part of the UCL Study Abroad scheme. The School of Pharmacy currently has partnerships with around 20 universities in 15 countries.
- Chemistry and either Biology, Mathematics or Physics required.
- English Language and Mathematics at grade B or 6. For UK-based students, a grade C or 5 or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign language requirement following enrolment, further details at: www.ucl.ac.uk/ug-reqs
- A total of 17-18 points in three higher level subjects including Chemistry and one subject from Biology, Mathematics or Physics, with no score below 5.
UK applicants qualifications
For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:
Not acceptable for entrance to this programme
Pass in Access to HE Diploma, with a minimum of 18-23 credits in Chemistry awarded with Distinction in the Level 3 units, the remainder of the Level 3 units awarded with Merit. This qualification is not accepted where applicants have not previously studied beyond GCSE standard or have not achieved the required grades at A-level.
D3,D3,D3 - D3,D3,M1 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects, including Chemistry and either Mathematics, Physics or Biology
AAA-AAB at Advanced Highers (or AA at Advanced Higher and AAA at Higher - AA at Advanced Higher and BBB at Higher), including Chemistry and either Mathematics, Physics or Biology at Advanced Higher.
Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A-Levels at grades AAA-AAB, including Chemistry and either Maths, Physics or Biology.
In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.
Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates
The Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are intensive one-year foundation courses for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.
Typical UPC students will be high achievers in a 12-year school system which does not meet the standard required for direct entry to UCL.
For more information see: www.ucl.ac.uk/upc.
English language requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency. Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.
The English language level for this programme is: Good
A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.
Fitness to Practise
Students on this programme are required to demonstrate that they are fit to practise as a pharmacy student. Successful applicants will need to undertake a Disclosures and Barring (DBS) Enhanced Check and an Occupational Health check in the summer before the start of the programme. There is a cost for these checks (expected to be around £125) which will be charged to the applicant. Students who are domiciled outside the UK will also need to provide a Certificate of Good Conduct (Police Check) from their home country.
Further information on fitness to practise and professional values can be found on the application tab.
In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 credits for the year. Modules are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional modules varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 1.0 credit is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).
The Master of Pharmacy (MPharm) is accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC). An MPharm from an accredited UK school of pharmacy is the first step towards a career as a pharmacist. To qualify as a registered pharmacist in Britain you will need to undertake a year of pre-registration training after graduation and then pass the qualifying examinations of the GPhC.
The programme gives graduates an integrated and interdisciplinary perspective on the science of medicines and links this to the practice and ethics of the pharmacy profession. It includes contact with patients throughout, with students taking part in hospital visits, hospital and community pharmacy placements, and in-house patient interviews.
In the fourth year students undertake a research project in an area of pharmacy or pharmaceutical science. This project may be carried out in the school or with one of our NHS or European (Erasmus) partners.
An indicative guide to the structure of this programme, year by year.
Core or compulsory module(s)
Body Systems and Therapeutics I
Chemistry of Medicines
Making Safe and Effective Medicines
The Role of the Pharmacist in Health Care
All first-year modules are compulsory.
Core or compulsory module(s)
Body Systems and Therapeutics II
Body Systems and Therapeutics III
Clinical and Professional Considerations
Medicines from the Bench to the Clinic
All second-year modules are compulsory.
Core or compulsory module(s)
Body Systems and Therapeutics IV
Communicating Science and Practice
Future Design, Delivery and Administration of Medicines
You will choose from a wide range of specialist options.
Core or compulsory module(s)
Advancement of Practice through Science
Preparation for Professional Practice
All final-year modules are compulsory.
You will be exposed to many different styles of teaching and learning. The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, practical classes, tutorials, problem-solving classes, clinical seminars and workshops, clinical placements, skills workshops with patients, journal clubs, independent learning, and visits to hospital and community pharmacies.
Your performance is assessed by both coursework and written examinations. Examinations are held at the end of each year, in the summer. Marks from all years of the programme, except the first year, count towards the final honours classification. Coursework contributes about 40% and examinations about 60% to your final mark.
Detailed course descriptions are available on the department website: Pharmacy MPharm.
For more information about teaching and learning on the MPharm programme, please see our webpage here.
MPharm graduates must apply for and undertake a year in pre-registration training then pass the registration examination to qualify as a professional pharmacist. As a pharmacy professional you will be a frontline healthcare provider and can have a direct impact on people's lives and health.
Six out of every ten pharmacists work in community pharmacies on the high street or in supermarkets. Another popular branch of the profession is hospital pharmacy, working closely with doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals. After one or two years, a hospital pharmacist can choose to specialise in areas such as cancer, paediatrics, HIV, surgical or education and training.
There are also career routes into industry and academia. Industrial pharmacists work in research and development, production, quality control, clinical trials, product registration and medical information. Those choosing to stay in the academic world undertake teaching and research.
First destinations of recent graduates (2013-2015) of this programme include:
- Pre-Registration Pharmacist, Barts Health NHS Trust
- Pre-Registration Pharmacist, Khoo Teck Puat Hospital
- Pre-Registration Pharmacist, Boots Pharmacy
- Pre-Registration Pharmacist, LloydsPharmacy
- Pre-registration Pharmacist, Barts Health NHS Trust
Data taken from the 'Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education' survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013-2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.
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Fees and funding
- UK/EU students
- £9,250 (2018/19)
- Overseas students
- £21,050 (2018/19)
Full details of UCL's tuition fees, tuition fee policy and potential increases to fees can be found on the UCL Students website.
Various funding options are available, including student loans, scholarships and bursaries. UK students whose household income falls below a certain level may also be eligible for a non-repayable bursary or for certain scholarships. Please see the Fees and funding pages for more details.
The Scholarships and Funding website lists scholarships and funding schemes available to UCL students. These may be open to all students, or restricted to specific nationalities, regions or academic department.
Further advice for Pharmacy applicants
For more information on what we are looking for in a successful applicant and for details of our selection processes, please read the guidance on our application advice page here.
Visas & further training
Information for students needing a visa after graduation in order to complete their pharmacist training
In order to practice as a pharmacist in the UK, students must complete the MPharm programme successfully, undergo one-year pre-registration training and pass the licensing examination conducted by the General Pharmaceutical Council.
Students who require a visa in order to work in the UK after graduation should read the following information carefully:
From 6th April 2012, arrangements were introduced enabling overseas students to switch to a Tier 2 (General) visa for pre-registration training. There is a minimum salary requirement for Tier 2 posts (see https://www.gov.uk/guidance/immigration-rules/immigration-rules-appendix-j-codes-of-practice-for-skilled-work, Table 2) At time of writing (October 2017) this is set at £21,909 per year for a 37.5 hour week for both public and private pre-registration pharmacist posts. Hospital pre-registration placements usually pay at this level. If the employer (e.g. hospital) is registered with the UKVI as a Tier 2 sponsor then an overseas student can be sponsored for a Tier 2 visa by the employer in order to undertake the pre-registration training. Students must be aware that these pre-registration places are limited and are awarded competitively at the discretion of the employer. The posts will be open to all MPharm graduates so students needing Tier 2 sponsorship should be aware that Home and EU students will probably also be applying for these places. Students should also be aware that the minimum salary band is regularly reviewed by the UK government and is subject to change.
Students needing a Tier 2 visa will also need to meet other eligibility criteria. For more information please visit the UK government website at www.gov.uk/tier-2-general/overview
Students from the following countries may be eligible to apply for a two year work visa under the Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme:
- Hong Kong
- New Zealand
- Republic of Korea
This scheme is also available to holders of British Overseas Territories passports and British Nationals (Overseas).
To apply under Tier 5 (Youth Mobility), you must be aged between 18 and 30, and you must have £1,890 in your personal bank account on the date on which you apply for entry clearance.
For further information visit: https://www.gov.uk/tier-5-youth-mobility/overview
There may be other options for international students and students may wish to take professional advice to discuss individual circumstances. There is also a useful fact sheet produced by the Pharmacist Support charity which can be found at www.pharmacistsupport.org/fact-sheets/international-students-immigration-issues/
Students joining the MPharm programme should have no issues with post-graduation visa requirements if they either have the automatic right to work in the UK (for example, as UK or EU passport holders) or will be able to undertake pre-registration back in their respective home countries in order to qualify as a practising pharmacist after completing the UK MPharm degree. However, overseas students who join the MPharm programme and hope to carry out pre-registration training in the UK must be aware that Tier 2 visa opportunities will inevitably be limited and cannot be guaranteed by the UCL School of Pharmacy.
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